|9:00am||Welcome & Worship|
Talk #1 by Dr Joel M.Navarro
Ministering to our Souls through the Psalms
The premise that the people of God are called to sacrifice and service implies a life that is expected to be laden with personal struggle and relational strife. Indeed, the process of sanctification allows us to examine our own issues and to be ultimately conformed to the likeness of Christ. The Psalms reflect a deep and honest humanity, a vivid transparency and fervent intimacy of relationship with God. Dr Joel M.Navarro will teach and share deeply through testimony and song.
Talk #2 by Ps Chua Seng Lee
We can’t “pray away” a mental health condition: Stigmas & Misconceptions of Mental Health
Mental health is a complex human issue. Just like humans, it is not easily defined or dealt with. To hope that it will be resolved or go away because of a simple prayer, can limit the deeper work of God in the person's life. There are many misconceptions and stigma that can hinder the healing process. This talk will seek to address some of them and provide some postures needed towards healing.
Talk #3 by Dr Wei Ker Chiah
The Church as a Community for the mentally ill & their caregivers
Drawing upon his experience of planting a church to meet the needs of the disabled and their loved ones, Dr Wei Ker Chiah will share how we, as a Church, can create a safe environment for the mentally ill. As a servant of Christ and a psychiatrist, Dr Wei will share his valuable experience on how to foster a thriving and inclusive community for everyone and to exhort the church to action.
Talk #4 by Dr Joseph Leong
Synergy between Mental Health Services and the Church Community
Despite greater awareness of mental illness and mental health issues in recent years, many in Singapore are still unfamiliar with the range and availability of mental health services in the community. Dr Joseph Leong will provide a broad overview of the various support services available in Singapore for both the mentally ill and their caregivers. In this talk, he will share his views on how the church can synergize with these services.
|12:30pm||Workshop Round I|
Conference attendees will choose their top 3 out of the 4 workshops and will be assigned 2 (one for each round)
Workshop A by Dr Raj Velloo & Ps Rick Toh
Depression & Despair: When we don’t know what to do
We don’t always know what to do with depression and despair. For some, the phrase “I’m depressed!” is flung around loosely without thought for those who are struggling in silence. For others, we don’t even realise that we are sinking and we pluck at straws, trying to find our own coping mechanisms – until it is too late and all we feel is hopelessness. Guilt and shame often accompanies the darkness, leaving those who need help unable to ask for it. What do we do in times like these, as someone struggling or when we see our loved one struggle? This workshop aims to answer some of these questions and inject practical hope for all of us.
Workshop B by Dr Joseph Leong
The Road to Recovery; What is the Church’s role?
Recovering from mental illness can often be an arduous, long, and lonely journey. Dr Joseph Leong will lead a workshop focused on recovery from mental illness and the Church's role in helping to make this possible. How can the Church - her leaders, various ministries, small groups and individual members play a role in supporting and facilitating recovery in persons with mental health issues?
Workshop C by Ms Lindis Szto
Christian Caring & Relating; Christ-caring FOR people, THROUGH people
Behind many smiling faces and facades of success lie aching hearts; people who have been buffeted by the storms of life and are longing for some release. Increasing reports of stress-related ailments and disorders show that many find it hard to cope with life. Can help be found? The imperative for us from Isaiah 61:2-3 is to comfort God's people, not just in the church but in the world. How can we be the channels to point hurting people to the Lord of all Comforts?
Workshop D by Ms Han Yah Yee
When Life is Too Hard: Conversations on Suicide
Everyone has a role in suicide prevention. As with mental illness, one of the biggest barriers to preventing suicide is stigma, which prevents many people from seeking help and talking about it. Conversations on and about suicide are ones that we often seek to avoid but such difficult conversations are necessary. How can we foster and support a community that promotes life? In this workshop, let us brainstorm ways on how we can do this together and respond in loving compassion.
|2:00pm||Workshop Round II|